Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of Saline County, KS WIC 1

Breastfeeding Success Story: Dana from Saline County, KS WIC“Mona and the breastfeeding moms of Salina have been an incredible support to me as I have nursed my daughter for the last year. Knowing that at anytime day or night I have a page I can turn to and a listing ear, sometimes just for support generally for advice and always for encouragement has made me know I’m not alone in this journey. Just to know there are like-minded women around lets me know that we can do anything we set our mind to. Thank you for the support Mona!” -Dana

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kristen from Saline County, KS WIC“I signed up for WIC not for the food/formula help but because I knew it would increase my connection with people who would be able to trouble shoot nursing issues. And I was right. Zoey was on a SNS at first, but with WIC’s help, I was able to transition from exclusively pumping and bottle feeding to nursing just before one month old (it was her Christmas present to me). Just being assured that I could do this was the boost in confidence I needed. I gladly have an untouched in ages expensive breast pump sitting in the top of my closet, not needed, because I was able to get the milk from the tap.” -Kristen

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Neasa from Saline County, KS WIC“I have been on WIC since I found out I was pregnant with twins in 2014. I had them in May of 2015. My original goal was to breastfeed for 6 months. After a few bumps we made it passed that goal to 21 almost 22 months of breastfeeding twins. WIC has been there throughout our whole journey and we were even able to get back on our feet and not use DCF help for over a year now. We still are able to use WIC and helps with our grocery bill monthly, especially with 4 growing kids.” -Neasa

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Alicia from Saline County, KS WIC“I was always disappointed that I could not breastfeed my twins so when I had my newest baby I spoke with Mona ahead of time to figure things out ahead of time. I was determined to breastfeed my baby. Shelby is now 6 months old and we are going strong. We had some issues in the beginning but from advice from Mona we got through it. I also use the breastfeeding page as a go to page. I always read the problems or success post and the comments to go back to. To learn from even though I am not going through it right at the moment I remember it when and if I do. Thank you for having the breastfeeding page it helps a lot and have added some mothers to it so they can have help and support as well.” -Alicia

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Jamie from Saline County, KS WIC“When I came into see you Mona I was close to breaking point and done with breastfeeding. You took the time and showed me that his latch was wrong and he wasn’t opening wide enough. I went from being at 7 weeks and about to start formula feeding, to breastfeeding until 2.5 years old. Thank you!” -Jamie

 

“I’m grateful for WIC. It helps me as a breastfeeding mom eat healthier and extra nutrition that my body needs to make milk. WIC also educates me on breastfeeding so I can help new moms be educated as well to make the greatest choice to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has helped me be a better mother. I feel like me and my children Breastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WICBreastfeeding Success Story: Brandi from Saline County, KS WIChave a closer bond because of breastfeeding. I’m more than just mom, I’m there everything. I also love all the support by WIC. I never once felt pressured to formula feed. I have been supported so much with our journeys of nursing. Even when my son couldn’t eat solids until 14 months and was exclusively nursing all that time I was supported by WIC. So very grateful for being a part of the WIC program. Without WIC there have been times we wouldn’t have had food for our family. Thank you.” -Brandi

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WIC“My oldest son was born after I was induced, then had an emergency C-section. He was 9 lbs 11 oz. I had planned to breastfeed, but it was hard to find a good position in the hospital that didn’t make my incision hurt. I found using a breastfeeding pillow helped tremendously. He was a terrible sleeper, and while he would latch fine, after a few weeks he would only eat for a couple minutes at a time, before pulling off and screaming.

By the time he was 2 months old, I found out he had silent reflux (so his throat was raw, but he didn’t actually puke). He also had thrush. The meds didn’t help much, and I dreaded nursing him because every time he popped off it was incredibly painful. I couldn’t figure out why pumping hurt so much, so I started giving him a bottle of formula when I couldn’t stand it.

When he was 3 months, it still wasn’t better, and we kept passing thrush back and forth. I also started working, which was extra stressful since he would only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. There was no place at work to pump, and pumping still hurt terribly, so he got formula while I was at work, too.

When he turned 4 months, I decided I was done. I was sick of it hurting so much, and sick of being angry that he was hungry. I had talked to a nurse from the health department that was supposed to help with breastfeeding a few times, but she didn’t even realize he had thrush so our visits weren’t very helpful.

My second son was born almost 3 years later, after another emergency c section. I had attempted a VBAC, but there were complications. His placenta started to detach. He was 9 lbs 5 oz. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to try to breastfeed, since the first time it had hurt so much. I decided I would try, but I wasn’t going to feel bad if it didn’t work out. He had low sugars in the hospital, and needed a small amount of formula before my milk came in. He also had to have phototherapy because of his high bilirubin levels, so we couldn’t do skin to skin.

When we got home, it hurt a little to latch him, but he was getting plenty of milk. His pediatrician showed me how to encourage him to latch deeper, and to re-latch him if he slipped off a bit, so he would learn to stay on right. By two weeks, he was doing it perfectly.

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashley from Osage Nation WICA few months in, he was puking 6-8 times a day, but acting perfectly happy about it. I eventually cut eggs and caffeine from my diet and it stopped. I was able to eat eggs again when he was around 11 months old. He refused bottles anytime I tried to give him one, so it was easier to cut my diet than pump every time I drank a soda. I bought a better pump, and figured out that it didn’t hurt if I used a bigger size flange and lanolin before pumping. I ended up donating any milk I’d pumped, though, since he wouldn’t drink it.

I got pregnant with my third son unexpectedly, when my second was only 18 months. He was still nursing. It was uncomfortable to continue nursing, but it was less work than fighting him to go to sleep, so we kept at it. I went into labor a month early, and he was born 8 lbs 1 oz, after another cesarean.

He had a lot of trouble breathing, so was sent to the NICU. I asked the hospital for a pump. I didn’t get any milk out for 3 days, despite waking up every 2 hours to pump. I had attempted to nurse him on the second day, but he was too tired. If he wouldn’t eat, he would have to stay in the hospital, so he was fed formula both through a bottle, and whatever wasn’t eaten was given through a feeding tube. He was in there 6 days.

When he was released, he only got bottles for another week, because he had a tongue tie and couldn’t nurse well. After pumping, I’d let my 2 year old nurse afterwards to help the milk supply establish. Once his tongue tie was fixed, he would nurse okay. Then he got strep, because my toddler had it and I didn’t think to wash in between them. He got over it fast, but seemed to have troubles breathing while nursing, and would puke. I knew it wasn’t a food sensitivity, because he could drink the same milk from a bottle and be fine.

I was soon diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety, because I couldn’t sleep. I had to repeatedly check to see if the baby was breathing, to the point that I was barely sleeping at all. I talked to the WIC peer counselor, a lactation consultant at the hospital, the pediatrician, and finally was referred to an ENT who put a scope through his nose and down his throat. She said he had laryngomalacia, a birth defect that causes noisy breathing because of a floppy voice box. Since he was gaining weight, they would not do surgery to correct it. So he was taking in a lot of air while nursing, which upset his tummy. It was also painful a lot of the time.

I decided to pump for a while. It was summer break though, and I also had a 2 year old and 5 year old. I couldn’t keep up with the unpacking (we just moved when he was 6 weeks) cleaning, cooking, and older kids, pump, and still sleep. My PPD was getting worse. He was 2 months old. I had frozen milk, but the baby wouldn’t drink it alone because I also have high lipase enzyme in my milk. I knew it needed heated prior to freezing, but I guess I hadn’t heated it enough. So, I mixed it half and half with formula. He drank it. I decided to pump when I had time only, which wasn’t even every day, and nurse him once a day. I also offered to nurse my 2 year old more often so that hopefully I wouldn’t lose my milk.

The ENT said that the baby would outgrow the laryngomalacia eventually. It stopped hurting as much when he was about 3.5-4 months, so I’ve been working on increasing my supply back up.

He’s 5 months now, and only gets a bottle 2-3 times a week. He is teaching me about defining our own success, because I don’t know if I will nurse him as long as my middle son has, who is now 2.5. If it wasn’t for nursing his older brother for as long though, I wouldn’t still be able to nurse the baby. It’s nice not having to wash bottles, or carry around formula in the diaper bag. You can’t forget it if it’s attached to you. With 2 in diapers, I also like not having to worry about buying formula. It’s convenient, free, and works for us.”

Ashley from Osage Nation WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC“With my first I didn’t have much of a support system when it came to breastfeeding. I was 17, no one in my family had breast fed, I was too shy to seek help and gave up.

This time was completely different. I had all the support I needed, and a perfect latch from the start which made it tons easier. The first month was tough but we made it through.

Now it’s been 10 months and still going strong, I was even able to donate to 2 babies whose mommas needed a little help. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Valerie from Lyon County, KS WIC’s “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”“I was 19 when I had my first child, Skyler. I was a young mother at 19, and didn’t have much support. I breastfed him for 6 months.

I had my second child, Colt 8 years later. I was determined to be successful at breastfeeding. I ended up breastfeeding him for 15 months, donating 700+ ounces of breastmilk, and encountered a horrible instance of mastitis too.

My daughter was born 15 months ago, and we are still going strong on our breastfeeding journey! Although, I can say nursing a toddler is always interesting; Kendall enjoys bouncing, flipping, and many other things while nursing!”

Chelsea from Lyon County, KS WIC “Treasure Chest”

Breastfeeding Success Story: Britni from Cowley County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Britni from Cowley County WIC“My son Silas was 9 months old when I found out we were expecting again. I was nervous because he was still very attached to nursing and I wasn’t sure how it would work out feeding two babies. A lot of my friends said their babies weaned themselves because their milk changed due to pregnancy and/or it dried up. Well mine didn’t and he was very attached still at 18 months old when his little brother Christopher Jr was born.

I was very nervous to nurse both boys and was afraid of judgment as well since Silas was almost 2. Robin helped me so much! She told me that it’s completely normal to breastfeed after a year old and a lot of people even recommend breastfeeding until 2 years or later. She also gave me advice on tandem nursing. The boys are now 2 years and almost 8 months and are happy healthy breastfed boys!!”

Britni from Cowley County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems

Breastfeeding Success Story: Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems“Andrew was born 2 weeks early. But I was ready!  The first day was such a blur.  I remember thinking I just needed to relax and enjoy every moment, I’d been waiting to be a mom for so long!

The next day the pediatrician came in to tell us he was healthy and she believed Andrew had down syndrome. From that moment on, I questioned everything. What was the right way to do things, what did Andrew need from me with this diagnosis.

The impression I was given was “Andrew is perfect but … He probably won’t breastfeed and he will take longer to do things and he will need lots of support…” All I knew was I couldn’t give up.

We went home only to head back to the hospital after a week because I had retained placenta. Even with that, I had started producing milk. And Andrew was latching and getting some milk. We had an appointment with a wonderful lactation consultant and spent time with my cousin who is a member of La Leche League. A few pointers and explanations… We haven’t looked back.

Andrew is 6 and a half months old. He is exclusively breastfed. He has gone from less than 5% on the growth chart to 50%.  He babbles and laughs all day long. We wouldn’t be here today if I had just given up on breastfeeding.”

Karen from Heritage Valley Health Systems

Breastfeeding Success Story: Lena from San Antonio La Leche League

Breastfeeding Success Story: Lena from San Antonio La Leche League“This isn’t what most would consider a “beautiful” breastfeeding picture but it means the world to me and is an image I will treasure forever. It is a moment that I thought I lost because I didn’t have any memory of it.

Having a successful breastfeeding relationship has always been incredibly important to me. I read everything I could before Mila was born and learned that nursing your baby in the first hour after birth greatly increased your chances of breastfeeding success.

Right after Mila was born my midwives and doula helped me latch on my tiny little baby. We had a few bumps in the road but over all had a pretty easy time with nursing. Because Mila’s birth went so smoothly, I just assumed things with Ronja’s would be similar and we would be able to nurse right away.

Despite it being important to me, I took for granted that it was something that I would get to do. However, I found myself on an operating table barely able to hold my eyes open due to the combination of a blood loss and adrenaline crash. The next thing I knew they were taking my baby off my chest and escorting Kody out of the OR.

We had requested that we all stay together as long as we were okay, so I knew something wasn’t right. By the time I saw them again I was so out of it from the pain medications and blood loss, I barely remember it. I honestly have no idea if we got to nurse within the first hour, probably not, but it was close.

I love this picture because, to me, it represents how Kody knew just how important this moment was to me, fiercely protected it AND thought to take this photo of the first time she nursed. Despite being panicked about not knowing what was going on with me in the OR he remembered everything we learned in our birth class and everything in the emergency plan that we thought we’d never need.

He held our new baby skin to skin, keeping her warm and comfortable instead of having her go to the nursery. He knew that she would not need formula and declined a bottle when it was offered (despite feeling a little pressure to give it to her). He knew how much I would love this picture even though I didn’t look my best.

This is what it looks like to have a supportive partner in breastfeeding and I’m so thankful to have it. Thank you, Kody, for always listening and caring whenever I talked to you about my breastfeeding goals, and for supporting me and our babies. Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the mamas out there (and special thanks to the partners who support and encourage them).”

Lena from San Antonio La Leche League

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashlea from Breastfeeding Friends Lactation Support Services

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ashlea from Breastfeeding Friends Lactation Support Services“My first time successfully breastfeeding and she is my third/ final child! 4 months strong and our goal is to make it to a year we hope! I was sick with a blood infection after delivering my first, my second I strongly believe she had a lip tie. I know I could have had a chance with the other two had I known what I do now.  I researched for months prior to this little lady being born and it made all the difference!!”

 

Ashlea of Breastfeeding Friends Lactation Support Services

Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

Our friends at Harambee Care came up with a marvelous World Breastfeeding Week activity: They asked each of their moms to share a positive statement about their personal breastfeeding experience. We’re thrilled to have received some of them to share with you:

Michelle_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“I made the choice to breastfeed the day I found out I was pregnant. I felt no other maternal desire or choice. I wanted the absolute best for my baby. What better gift than my breast milk? My son is 3 1/2 years old and still nursing strong. While I do think we are past the optimum nutritional benefit, our bond is unique, fortified and amazing thanks to breastfeeding.” -Michelle

Jasmine_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“What I love about breastfeeding the most is the bond that my daughter and I share. When she is hungry or needs to be comforted I have all that she needs plus more. Right now she’s holding my hand while she’s eating and it’s those special type of moments that I look forward to. These are moments that I will forever cherish.” -JasmineKiara_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

 

 

“I chose to breastfeed because it is the best thing for my babies. It’s the best choice.” -Kiara

Ashley_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“Having three children, all born prematurely, is what motivated me to breastfeed. As a mother, we want the best for our children and I knew right away that breast milk is formulated to provide full nutrition specifically for my baby. It’s not always easy; breastfeeding in public, making certain that medications are safe to take, pumping and storing milk, etc., but with a little research, a great support team and a little planning I can honestly say that I am breastfeeding like a pro! I love the bond I’ve created with my children and they are healthy and getting big so fast!” -Ashley

Miranda_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“I chose to breastfeed because of all the vitamins and antibodies it gives my baby. It’s important to me that I give her every advantage possible.” -Miranda

Brieona_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“I chose to breastfeed my daughter for the bond. I feel part of being a parent is to want to provide the best for your children and breast milk is the best. And not just for her – I lost a lot of weight, my baby is super healthy and, Lord help me, smart! LOL! But I love breastfeeding. I’m actually scared to stop because we are so close and I don’t want to lose that. When I nurse it’s just me and her looking at each other talking and laughing and I’d like to believe she understands me and knows that’s our time together.” -Brieona

Lynette_Breastfeeding Success Story from Harambee Care

“Our bodies were designed to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is good for the baby’s mind, body, soul. I not only knew I wanted to breastfeed because it’s natural, I feel 100% comfortable knowing what I put in is what my baby will receive from me. I also did my research on reasons why breastfeeding is beneficial to mom and baby. Breastfeeding decreases risks for some cancers such as breast and ovarian, decreases risks of osteoporosis, promotion of maternal recovery from childbirth and creation of a supportive environment for mother and child bonding.” -Lynette

 

“Breastfeeding babies have less allergies.” -Kiyuannia

 

 

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC“I had my son in September of 2016 and I was determined to breastfeed him even though I had no clue as to how or what I was doing. I didn’t breastfeed my 10-year-old daughter, because I was only 19 when I had her.

Our journey started off great and everything was going perfect. Around the time my son was 3 months old I went to change his diaper and found blood in his stool. I was beyond terrified and called the on-call nurse and made an appointment for the next day. As advised from his doctor I was to cut all dairy from my diet and come back in 1 week and see how he was doing.

That first week was awful and I thought I was going to die from starvation. I went back to the doctor with stool samples and they came back clean so I was told to stay dairy-free. It was so hard at first, but after finding some awesome support groups to help and figure out all the things we can actually eat. I can’t imagine not breastfeeding my baby boy and will be so devastated when our journey comes to an end (not sure when that time will come).

If you had told me when I was pregnant that I would have made it this far I probably wouldn’t have believed it. Almost 11 months strong. The bond is the most AMAZINGLY awesome experience and one I will forever treasure.”

Ariel from Blount County, TN WIC